SHANGHAI ORIENTAL SPORTS CENTER BY GMP ARCHITEKTEN
Recurrent design motifs — water and waves, beaches and bridges — in both the park and the architecture of the stadiums and media center reflect the overall theme of water. Water is the linking element between the buildings as well, which stand on raised platforms and stick out into an artificial lake.
Design affinity, a common structural idiom and use of materials produce structural unity among all the stadiums. A steel structure of wide arches, with large-format triangular elements made of coated aluminium sheet forming the two-sided curved surfaces of identical radius along the frame of the understructure, evokes sails billowing in the wind.